Meet our team

ECO-UNESCO is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors called the National Council.

The National Council is made up of representatives or members of ECO-UNESCO.


Michael D. Higgins

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is the Patron of ECO-UNESCO. We are delighted to have the support of President Higgins as we continue with our environmental education and youth work.

Board of Directors

The following individuals serve as Members of the National Council (Directors) on a voluntary basis:

Niall Jennings (Chairperson)
Orla McGreal (Treasurer)
Danny Dockery (Company Secretary)
Vivienne Kelly
Chris Nolan

National Director

Elaine Nevin​

Elaine Nevin is the National Director (Chief Executive Officer) of ECO-UNESCO since 2002. Elaine holds a BA in Geography and Political Science and an MA and a Higher Diploma in Education. She has worked in the field of environmental education since 1995 and believes that empowering, educating and engaging young people is an essential component to achieving sustainable development. Read more here

Meet our staff

ECO-UNESCO is run by a team of 15+ people. This is a mix of full-time and part-time staff, TUS workers, Jobbridge and Work Placement Programme employees and interns.

Breon Timmons

Operations & Development Manager

Youth Programmes

Doireann Dunbar

Programme Coordinator

Dunchadh Kinane

Environmental Youth Coordinator (Clubs and ECO-Choices)

Kieran Allen

Youth for Sustainable Development Coordinator

Oisín Gill

Youth for Sustainable Development Officer

Reesha Kurichiyiel

Environmental Youth Officer

Alex Konieczka

Environmental Youth Officer

Online Learning

Sarah Austin

e-Learning Officer

Young Environmentalist Awards

Erica Meslin

Young Environmentalist Awards Coordinator


Samantha Andrades

Communications Officer


Vince Harney

Finance and Accountancy

Office Management

Alex Marinelli

Admin Assistant